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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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The animals in the mist looks so relaxed :D

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:yaya: :yaya: You two. Thank you for Stunning sightings, pics and TR. Awesome!!! :mrgreen:

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What a series of excellent birdy pics, wow :clap:

It is truly some great pics - love the 'feed me' one and actually all of them, just magnificently captured, Phumbaa. :cam: :cam: :cam:

the mist surely brings another dimension to photography if one uses it correctly i.e. the ellie in the mist is a great one. :thumbs_up:

Thank you for sharing...

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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I hope, you don't mind me joining a little bit late here, Pumbaa.

I love the ellie in the mist and the spider webs.

Georgeous birdie pics, especially the magpie shrike.

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Gosh it was a very misty morning!
But still, there were plenty of animals about :thumbs_up:
I love the photo of the ellie in the mist :cam:

And then you saw so many different birds :clap: :clap: :clap:
Including a pearl-spotted owlet :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Can't wait for the next episode :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Hey Pumba, love the misty morning!

Great photos and so many birds, just stunning!

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The pics in the mist give it such a nice moody atmosphere!
Your bird pics are just superb! :clap:

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Although there was a lot of early mist, you still had an awesome array of sightings to enjoy :clap: .

Stunning birdie sightings, especially the little pearl-spotted owlet :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


At least the mist was something we did not see that often when in Kruger :thumbs_up:

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What a misty morning Pumbaa and Timon! Lots of beautiful sightings though! I especially love the Ellie and the Rhino in the mist! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful birds too, and so many different kinds! Awesome! :dance: :dance:


The birds were good to us during the whole day :dance:

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Pumbaa,

Love those misty mornings when all the spider webs are so prominent :clap: ...as you said thousands are to be seen :dance: ... some other webs resemble parachutes to me. :hmz:

Stunning bird :cam: you got once the mist cleared. :clap: :clap: Misty pics all make a great show. :thumbs_up:


These spider webs were on top huge some of them looked as if a person might get trapped in it :big_eyes:

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what a nice serie of birds :clap: :clap: :clap:
and all this mist, I like it :dance:


The mist was indeed very special :P


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The animals in the mist looks so relaxed :D


Yes they were - Obviously they liked it with the humity in the air and a bit cooler in the morning. :P

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:yaya: :yaya: You two. Thank you for Stunning sightings, pics and TR. Awesome!!! :mrgreen:


Thank you :clap: Greeting from Timon as well

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What a series of excellent birdy pics, wow :clap:

It is truly some great pics - love the 'feed me' one and actually all of them, just magnificently captured, Phumbaa. :cam: :cam: :cam:

the mist surely brings another dimension to photography if one uses it correctly i.e. the ellie in the mist is a great one. :thumbs_up:

Thank you for sharing...


Love that "Feed me" one as well :thumbs_up:

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I hope, you don't mind me joining a little bit late here, Pumbaa.

I love the ellie in the mist and the spider webs.

Georgeous birdie pics, especially the magpie shrike.


Better late than never :thumbs_up: Great to have you also on board - Sometimes these makpies are so fast that it is hard to at least got a decent picture but that morning they simply posed that nice :dance:


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Gosh it was a very misty morning!
But still, there were plenty of animals about :thumbs_up:
I love the photo of the ellie in the mist :cam:

And then you saw so many different birds :clap: :clap: :clap:
Including a pearl-spotted owlet :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Can't wait for the next episode :popcorn: :popcorn:


The pearl spotted owlet was already long time on my wish list and then it were there :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Hey Pumba, love the misty morning!

Great photos and so many birds, just stunning!


Hi - Great that you are back and feeling better :gflower:

Elsa wrote:
The pics in the mist give it such a nice moody atmosphere!
Your bird pics are just superb! :clap:


Indeed an atmosphere which we up to now did not get that often


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Far too soon Timon forget about the grey louries and after I explained to him where to spot the owlet which was a bit tricky as same is so small and kept a bit hidden in a thick bush he snapped away picture after picture.

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As owl lovers we were amazed to finally found that beauty and on top same also allowed us to make a new tick on our bird list.

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It was stunning to realize the false eyes on the back of its head whilst turning its head and the owlet was gladly so relaxed about our presence that Timon was in heaven whilst pressing the button and with that sighting my day was already made. Needless to say that whenever passing the bush during the next days I checked this bush for “my” Owlet but same could not be spotted again. Far too soon for our liking same finally flew away but left behind two very happy persons

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and so we could forgive the only blurred picture we got of a redbilled firefinch playing with a feather under a bush only meters away from our “owl” bush.

Only a couple of meters further down the road we met another warthog - This road is also a hot spot for them as we always met them there - Obviously they wanted to say "Hi" to Pumbaa!

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The only disadvantage is that in that area the grass is normally extreme high but not too high in order to miss this little cutie.

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At Duke’s waterhole not much activity besides a lot of white-backed vultures and only whilst downloading the pictures that evening I noticed why Timon stopped to take a picture of a strange looking “bark” – he spotted a European nightjar! resting on a branch.

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Pity was that he only took this single picture because he was sure same might came out blurred – WoW besides the “misty” weather already three new ticks today! and although common we could not pass this beautiful Mrs. red-backed shrike without taking a picture.

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Lots of giraffes could be spotted now surrounded by the dense bush

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and finally on the H4-2 the obligatory elephant crossing orgy started as they were coming suddenly from nearly everywhere one after the other.

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Gladly they are all behaved when coming across elephants at that busy road and so it was today

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although they also had a number of calves between them.

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Some herds were walking down to the river and others

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were already on their way backed after taking a morning shower and started to raid the thick bushes near the road.

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to be continued with some scary creatures.....


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wow this Owlet :clap: :clap: :clap:
and the Nightjar :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Awesome sightings all round with super :cam: .

Wow!!! that little Owl is so adorable :dance: ..Stunning pics he posed ever so nicely. :clap: :clap:

Even with the long grass Wartie came out lovely...one of my favourite animals. :thumbs_up:

That little Nightjar is really so well camouflaged just blends in...great spot. :hmz:

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Lovely pics of the different owls, Phumbaa - they are always difficult to spot. :cam: :cam:

The shrike is also a great one. :cam:

The giraffe looks like if he is wondering 'who is taking a photo of me' :hmz: :hmz:

We were nearly caught in a similar situation on the S130, just off the H4-2, with ellies also appearing from everywhere. So, I can see in my minds eye how you were looking around so that you not caught in a difficult situation. :whistle:

Keep it coming...Phumbaa :popcorn:

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How very lucky to see the tiny little Pearly-spotted Owlet, not easy to find and you have such great pics.
Also such a great sighting to find a Nightjar roosting on a branch! :clap:
Glad the ellie herd was peaceful too.

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